If you are using an SSD storage in your device, whether laptop or desktop, it is important to know the state of the unit from time to time to keep your files safe and to avoid sudden loss of any important data due to NAND Flash deterioration. Although the tools and programs available to check the status and performance of the SSD on the computer are very many, most notably the free Hard Disk Sentinel, the new Microsoft system, Windows 11 already includes a feature that allows users to know whether the SSD is in good condition or prone to failure and requires attention, so let’s review what Here is how to access this feature.
Most SSD storage manufacturers provide special software for setting and monitoring the status of the hard drive, such as Samsung Magician. You can also use third-party software to monitor SSD status, performance, and temperature. However, if you do not prefer to use any external software, you can rely on the built-in functionality of Windows 11 to easily get an idea of the state of your SSD as well as alert you when the state of the hard drive deteriorates so that you can take the necessary actions to keep the data from corruption such as creating a backup or transferring files The task is for another partition.
However, it is necessary to note that this function “currently” works with M.2 NVMe SSDs and not SATA and you can review our previous topic to see if the SSD in your device is SATA or NVMe . With this point in mind, let’s start listing the steps to know the status of your SSD hard drive in Windows 11.
Initially, press the Win + S (S) keys on the keyboard to display the search bar where you type “ Manage disks and volumes ” and then press the “Open” option to access the volume management page directly. Alternatively, you can open the Settings app manually by pressing Win + I (e) together, then go to the “Storage” page from the “System” section, then click on “More storage settings” and finally click on “Disks & volumes”.
On the Disks & volumes page, you will see all the volumes connected to your computer, here you have to select the NMVe SSD volume and you can easily know it by having the word “Healthy” the name of the unit name as shown in the attached image above. Once you select the correct volume, press the “Properties” button, and the unit’s data such as name, storage capacity, model number, etc. will appear. But if you scroll down a bit you will find Driver health section there.
This part displays three information that affects the performance of the storage unit, and thus it is possible to know the status of the unit. The first piece of information is “Estimated remaining life”, where the approximate percentage of the storage unit’s life is displayed. If it is 100%, it means that the hard drive has not been significantly used up.
The second piece of information “Available spare” also displays a standard ratio to indicate that there is enough storage capacity to maintain read and write performance. As you probably know, the performance of an SSD decreases as it becomes full, so if the ratio is 100%, this is an indication that the capacity of the spare storage space greater than the safety threshold set by the manufacturer. Finally, the temperature of the SSD is displayed in degrees Celsius. And that’s all there is to it, you can now check the status of your SSD hard drive in Windows 11 at any time without the help of any third-party software.